March 30

Stress Free Dentistry with Pat Crawford DDS

Does the thought of going to the dentist stress you out or cause anxiety?

Many people avoid going to the dentist in general because they have sensitive mouths or they are simply uncomfortable in a dental chair.

For people who avoid dentists like the plague, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it’s used depends on the severity of the fear.

Have you heard of Sedation Dentistry? Let us tell you a little more about Sedation Dentistry in Kenosha, WI from Pat Crawford, DDS.

This form of sedation dentistry uses medication to aid in the relaxation for patients during their dental procedure that they normally may be anxious about. While people are under the impression that you are asleep, this is not necessarily the case. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who choose general anesthesia.

Varieties of sedation include:

Minimal: you are still awake but your body and mind are relaxed.

Moderate: you may or may not remember the whole procedure and have a slurred speech, but you are awake and relaxed.

Deep: you are conscious, but can still be awakened if needed

General anesthesia: you are unconscious, referred to as being asleep and will need assistance in waking up.

Here are Common Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

Inhale: you breathe in a medicine called nitrous oxide, many refer to this as “laughing gas in combination with oxygen that is distributed thru a face mask. This combination of medicine helps to relax you. Your dentist will control the amount of gas needed throughout your procedure.

Oral: for minimal sedation, you take a pill that relaxes you and is usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. Many tend to become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure.

IV sedation: this method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation needed thru an IV for your procedure.

Deep sedation aka general anesthesia: you’re given medication that will make you unconscious, like if you were in a deep sleep.  While you are under general anesthesia, you cannot easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off or are reversed with medication.

Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you’ll also typically need a local anesthetic — numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth — to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.

It’s important we reassure you that your Kenosha, WI accredited dentist with Pat Crawford DDS is trained and qualified to administer the type of sedation you will be receiving. 

Now that you have a little more insight to sedation dentistry, make sure to call our office and make an appointment for your next dental checkup. Feel free to ask any questions about our sedation methods and our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist.


Sedation Dentistry, Updated2020_07_22

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